Checking the Signs

Checking the Signs

Welcome back to the third season of "Checking the Signs," an enlightening monthly horoscope. Spring is in the air, heralding the beginning of an exciting baseball season. In keeping with the spirit of the time, Aries (March 20-April 19) is the first fire sign of the zodiac, representing exuberance and renewal. Aries is an ambitious, positive sign, profiting from energy to burn. While Aries can be self-centered, more highly evolved Aries lead by inspiring others.

Aries is an optimum sign for an athlete: The courageous warrior blazing trails. Ruled by Mars, the planet of energy, Aries is dynamic, impulsive, even hot-tempered, yet it's the stuff of heroes and very masculine. It's time for Aries to launch new projects as hope springs eternal. Play ball!

See what's on your horizon and which baseball players share your unique sun sign.

Let "Checking the Signs" guide you with your game! A motivated Aries soul who's a step ahead of the competition, Chien-Ming Wang, the ace of the New York Yankees' pitching staff, was born on March 30, 1980, in Tainan, Taiwan. Making his first Opening Day start two days after his birthday, triumphant Wang is raring to go. Consecutive 19-win seasons exemplify his vigorous Aries energy.

Determined and highly competitive, Aries see life as competitive sport. Initially signed as an amateur free agent for the 2000 season, playing for the Staten Island Yankees (posting a 1.75 ERA), he has come to be known as the Yankees' ace pitcher over the 2006 and '07 seasons.

A finesse pitcher with power velocity, Wang's pitching style is characterized by efficiency, command of the strike zone, and few walks, home runs or strikeouts. As fiery Aries prefer to work quickly, Wang uses his ground-ball-inducing sinker to produce many double plays, allowing him to maintain a low pitch count deep into games. Despite his stellar regular-season performances, Wang experienced a very challenging postseason, which, hopefully, should not cloud his status as a winning, dependable workhorse.

Aries (March 21-April 19): This is your month, a time that has you on top of the world. Venus transits passionate Aries from April 6 through April 30, as relationships of all kinds prosper and lift spirits. Money matters are focal once the sun moves into Taurus on April 19. A career goal has you working harder and waiting a bit longer, but it will manifest.

New York Yankees pitcher Wang is an inspiring Aries.

Taurus (April 20-May 20): The month begins on a quiet note, so carve out time to recharge and replenish. You're not in the mood to hang out with friends or just have fun. After April 19, when the sun moves into your affectionate sign, it's a whole new ballgame. Welcome to a solar cycle with limitless possibilities.

Jose Guillen, outfielder of the Kansas City Royals, is a determined Taurus.

Gemini (May 21-June 20): Geminis are happiest when multi-tasking and surrounded by friends. Even though you're the brainy type, you have a mischievous sense of humor that needs to be indulged this month. However, if you're involved in a club or organization, conflict is likely to be part of the scenario.

San Diego Padres pitcher Jake Peavy is an alert Gemini.

Cancer (June 21-July 22): With many planets in Aries in your 10th house of career, April is always a make-or-break time of year. One of the greatest gifts of Cancer energy is the ability to focus on serious goals without neglecting other important areas of life, such as home and family.

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Ryan Ludwick is an emotional Cancer.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22): With Pluto turning retrograde on April 2, don't fall off the mark when it comes to a diet and exercise program. You've been focused all year on how to live more vigorously, but now you feel you need to take a break. That's fine, but don't lose sight of pledges you've made.

Colorado Rockies infielder Todd Helton is a dynamic Leo.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Don't let complications take over your love life when Pluto turns retrograde on April 2. This could indicate that you and a spiritual other have come to an impasse, but with your gift of communication, you should be able to resolve differences. After the full moon on April 20, the urge to get away from it all is triggered.

San Francisco Giants infielder Rich Aurilia is a persistent Virgo.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23): Home life and work vie for importance this month. While Mars remains in Cancer, Pluto in Capricorn indicates imbalance. The extra hours you'll be spending at the office can take their toll. There are times when you wish you could put all your resources into your career, but you wouldn't want to trade friends and a social life.

Cleveland Indians pitcher Jake Westbrook is a balanced Libra.

Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21): The sun moves into your seventh house of relationships on April 19, a time of readjusted priorities. You are anxious to make more time in your life for key partnerships. After the full moon in Scorpio on April 20, your energy runs the gamut from intense to extreme as you examine the intricacies of human nature.

New York Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez is a tenacious Scorpio.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Saturn continues its retrograde cycle in your career house, indicating that a professional goal may still be in hold. You're a person of bold enthusiasm, so whenever there's a lull in life, you turn attention elsewhere. Keeping fit and healthy becomes essential.

Oakland Athletics pitcher Rich Harden is an optimistic Sagittarius.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): With Jupiter (planet of good fortune) and Pluto (planet of transformation) in your ambitious sign, mountain goats are aspiring to their goals more than ever. Though you're an extraordinarily hard worker, this month you're urged to pay attention to domestic matters as well. A networking contact sends your thoughts in new directions.

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Francisco Rodriguez is a serious Capricorn.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Family life claims attention this month and you find yourself revisiting a similar stretch of emotional highway that was traveled a few months back. Busy Aquarius may have trouble making time for spring cleaning, but if you can corral family and friends, you'll flourish in more manageable surroundings.

Chicago White Sox outfielder Jermaine Dye is an original Aquarius.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20): You'll focus on finances this month and there's a good chance you'll receive an unexpected boost in income. Abundance beckons; use visualization to help achieve the goal of financial stability. With more money in the budget than usual, be sure to set some aside for a rainy day.

Chicago Cubs infielder Mark DeRosa is an adaptable Pisces.

Andrea Mallis, Sports Astrologer, is a devoted baseball fan and writer. Andrea has appeared on ESPN SportsCenter, ESPN News, ESPN2 Cold Pizza, Baseball Tonight and ESPN All-Night Radio. She's written for Major League Baseball magazines, ESPN.com Page 2, MLB.com, as well as appearing on local TV and radio shows. Andrea was recently featured in "FantasyLand," a book on fantasy baseball. For more information, please visit www.virgoinservice.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.